The Truth About Cleopatra

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Cleopatra was ancient Egypt’s final, and arguably most famous, Pharaoh. But aside from epic romances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, we know very little about her. For example, what did she actually look like? Was her leadership role unique among women of the time? And how did she earn the reputation as a scheming temptress?

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff has spent more than five years researching the life and death of Cleopatra. Her new book is called “Cleopatra: A Life.”